Maternal Attitude

Event Date November 17, 2018 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Location – Atrium, CF24 2JU

An exciting symposium over the course of one day brings together artists, curators, policy makers and thinkers to explore the current role of the maternal voice in practice, its sustainability and visibility within arts programming. Together we will explore how mother/parent artists make work, what our practice says about the condition of the maternal/parental and how we can recognize the radical and cutting edge contribution that maternal practice has to offer to the arts. Come and join us in showing some maternal attitude!

Keynote: Deidre Donoghue, ‘m/other voices’ (Rotterdam). Deidre’s groundbreaking work has promoted the maternal as “as a system of seeing, thinking and relating to the world. A system which completely breaks away from the binaries of the feminine / masculine oppositions through the maternal body’s pivotal role to natality and otherness”.

Panel 1 ‘Curating the Invisible’ featuring Emma Geliot (Editor of CCQ Magazine), Sacha Craddock (Art-Critic, Curator & Turner Prize Judge), Alice Briggs (Artist / Curator at Ceredigion Museum) and Lawrence Townley and Hope Bradby (of Townley and Bradby Collaborative Family Art Practice). Chaired by Zoë Gingell (Artist / Co-Founder & curator of The Mothersucker’s Project & Programmer at Cardiff MADE Gallery).

Panel 2 ‘Maternal Endurance’ featuring Leni Dothan (Artist), Tracy Evans (Artist), Lena Simic (The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home and Edge Hill University), Eve Dent (Mothersuckers Project) and Elena Marchevska (London South Bank University). Chaired by Emily Underwood-Lee (University of South Wales).

Plus screenings of maternal art films, an overview of current parental art practice by the Mothersuckers Project, an artist presentation by Townley and Bradby, artist talk within current exhibition ‘Seen Not Heard’ by Zena Blackwell, networking opportunities and more.

The symposium takes place in partnership with the University of South Wales, Made Gallery Cardiff and the Mothersuckers Project and has been supported with funding from the Arts Council of Wales ‘Sharing Together Fund’.

N.B. a free drama workshop place will be provided for children of people attending the symposium on booking. The children will be supported to make a performance response to the themes of the conference and will have a chance to share their work during the day.


Buffet Lunch included with ticket.

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